What you'll learn

  • Evaluate recent developments in psychopharmacology and their impact on patient care.

  • Develop strategies to care for patients suffering from bipolar and psychotic disorders, depression and anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, substance use disorders, PTSD, OCD and sleep disorders.

  • Outline and address the mental health needs of the Black and other marginalized communities.

  • Assess suicidal patients and engage more effectively with them.

  • Discuss risks and benefits of psychiatric medications with women who are pregnant.

  • Diagnose common problems in geriatric psychiatry and implement state-of-the-art interventions.

Course description

The mental health crisis continues to grow. Rates of depression, suicide, anxiety disorders, PTSD and substance use disorders have increased in recent years and mental disorders are now the leading cause of disability throughout the world. Physicians, mental health clinicians and many other healthcare professionals are being called upon to help. 

This intensive, three-day, in-person course is designed to address this urgent need. Participants will receive the latest information in the fields of psychiatry and mental health. Numerous aspects will be covered, including recent advances in psychopharmacology, psychosocial treatments and assessment of psychiatric patients. A wide range of diagnoses and populations will be covered, including mood and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, disorders of late life, sleep problems, psychotic disorders and borderline personality disorder.

This is an accredited, livestreamed course offered by McLean Hospital. This course is targeted to Primary Care Physicians, Specialty Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Psychologists. This course may also be of interest to physicians who practice in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychology and Mental Health.

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Contact ceprograms@hms.harvard.edu with questions.

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